Director & Principle Investigator

Professor Savvas Tassou

Brunel University London


Savvas has substantial academic and research management experience. He has been Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering at Brunel for 3 years and since 2004 the Head of School of Engineering and Design, one of the largest engineering schools in the UK. He has supervised as principal investigator more than 20 major projects at the level of £8m, funded by the EPSRC, Defra, TSB and the IEA related to the food industry and in particular food refrigeration and energy.

Tel: +44 (0)1895 266865

Email: savvas.tassou@brunel.ac.uk

Web Page: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/cedps/mechanical-aerospace-civil-engineering/mecheng/mechanical-engineering-academics/profsavvastassou

Co-Directors and Co Investigator

Professor Adisa Azapagic

The University of Manchester


Adisa leads a 25-strong Sustainable Industrial Systems Group which is currently the largest research group in the UK applying principles of sustainable development and life cycle thinking to industrial practice. She is pre-eminent in the UK and internationally for her work on sustainability, life cycle assessment and carbon footprinting. She received the IChemE top prize for Outstanding Achievements in Chemical and Process Engineering (2010) and GSK&CIA Innovation Award for masterminding and developing  the CCaLC carbon footprinting tool for industry (http://www.ccalc.org.uk).

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 4363

Email: adisa.azapagic@manchester.ac.uk

Web Page: http://www.sustainable-systems.org.uk/adisaazapagic

Professor Peter Fryer

University of Birmingham

Peter has been Head of the School of Chemical Engineering at Birmingham since 2008. He is Director of the EPSRC Centre for Formulation Engineering which won for the University the 2011 Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. The Centre has generated > 100 projects with companies including Kraft, Pepsico, Unilever, P&G, Sygenta, Imerys and Johnson Matthey and has attracted more than £10m funding from EPSRC and industry.  Peter has > 25 years experience in applying engineering methods to food processes.

Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5451

Email: p.j.fryer@bham.ac.uk

Web Page: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/chemical-engineering/fryer-peter.aspx

Co Investigators

Dr Serafim Bakalis

University of Birmingham


Serafim has expertise in heat and mass transport in food processes and their optimization. In recent years he has received > £1m funding from the EPSRC, BBSRC, EU and TSB. Current projects includes EU funding for modelling shelf-life of ready-to-eat products and an EPSRC project on multiscale interactions in porous media. He leads the Birmingham effort of a BBSRC Advanced Training Partnerships (awarded £3m) with Reading to provide advanced training for food professionals.

Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5383

Email: s.bakalis@bham.ac.uk

Web Page: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/chemical-engineering/people/individual.aspx?ReferenceId=5669&Name=dr-serafim-bakalis

Dr Yunting Ge

Brunel University London


Yunting has substantial and unique expertise in the modelling of energy systems which incorporates both simulation of individual components and subsystems for design and control optimisation as well as integration of subsystems into overall systems using modelling environments such as TRNSYS or similar. The work on the modelling of retail food environments started in 1997 with EPSRC funding, GR/L32088, and has continued since with funding from the IEA and Defra.

Tel: +44 (0)1895 266722

Email: yunting.ge@brunel.ac.uk

Web Page: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/cedps/mechanical-aerospace-civil-engineering/mecheng/mechanical-engineering-academics/dryuntingge

Dr Hussam Jouhara

Brunel University London


Having worked in academia and industry, Hussam has unique expertise in working on applied food and energy-related research activities with direct support from various UK and international industry partners. Hussam has extensive expertise in designing and manufacturing various types of heat exchangers, including heat pipes and heat pipe-based systems, for low, medium and high temperature applications in the food, electronics thermal management and industrial waste heat recovery industries. Throughout his academic and industrial career, Hussam has received over £1m in research funding (as a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator) from various UK/EU based research councils and from British and European industrial partners. Hussam is a chartered engineer with many filed patents in areas related to heat pipes engineering and manufacturing.
Email: hussam.jouhara@brunel.ac.uk
Web Page: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/cedps/mechanical-aerospace-civil-engineering/mecheng/mechanical-engineering-academics/hussam-jouhara
Office: ELTJ087f, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH 

Tel: +44 (0)18952 67805

Professor Maria Kolokotroni

Brunel University London


Maria has expertise in low energy technologies for buildings and their integration. These technologies include daylighting, natural ventilation, cool roofs etc. She has received extensive funding from the EPSRC and the EU for her work.
Email: maria.kolokotroni@brunel.ac.uk
Web Page: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/cedps/mechanical-aerospace-civil-engineering/mecheng/mechanical-engineering-academics/profmariakolokotroni

Tel: +44 (0)1895 266688

Dr Sarah Mander

University of Manchester

Initially training as a chemical engineer, Dr Sarah Mander has been at the Tyndall Centre since completing her PhD in 2003, at Manchester School of Management, and is currently Co-Director for Research. Over this time she has contributed to a number of high profile interdisciplinary projects, with a particular focus on the use of deliberative approaches to explore public perceptions of climate change mitigation options including food systems, and electricity demand reduction technology in the home. Sarah is now exploring this area of work on a project at the RCUK National Centre for Sustainable Energy use in Food chains (CSEF).
Email: S.Mander@manchester.ac.uk
Office: Pariser Building, University of Manchester, M13 4PL
Web Page: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/research/s.mander/

Tel: 0161 3063259

Dr Valentina Stojceska

Brunel University London


Dr Valentina Stojceska, PhD, PGCAP, BSc (hons), is a Senior lecturer in the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences.  She is Course Director on the MSc Building Services Engineering Management course.  She has extensive industrial and academic experience in sustainable food processing (food waste utilisation, energy and resource efficiency) and innovative food product development, which she has put into practice via extensive collaboration with the food industry. She has successfully led and managed a range of national and international projects in excess of £1.0m as a principal investigator and co-investigator. She has published extensively in high regarded journals and conference proceedings.

Email: valentina.stojceska@brunel.ac.uk
Web Page: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/people/valentina-stojceska
Office: HWLL116, Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Tel: +44(0)1895 267328

Falah Alzuwaid 

Brunel University London


Falah Alzuwaid received his BEng and MEng (Baghdad University, Iraq) with specialization in Mechanical and Thermal Engineering disciplines. He was an Assistant Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering at Thi Qar University, Iraq (2008-2012) prior to accepting the current position. He is currently a PhD research student in the Mechanical Engineering Department, School of Engineering and Design at Brunel University. His research study focuses on integrated thermal energy storage (TES) in refrigeration systems for energy savings.

Email: falah.alzuwaid@brunel.ac.uk 

Office: ELTJ087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Helen Breewood

University of Manchester


Helen graduated with an MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. She has done summer placements with the University of Edinburgh and MedImmune. After graduation, she worked at the University of Maastricht on a project creating ‘in-vitro meat’, which could potentially be more sustainable than conventional meat. Her interest in food sustainability led her to begin her PhD studies in the Sustainable Industrial Systems (SIS) group. Helen has secured a President’s Doctoral Scholar Award, allocated to outstanding applicants.

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 8834

Email: helen.breewood@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

Website: http://www.sustainable-systems.org.uk/helenbreewood

Office: Room F30, The Mill, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Sackville Street, The University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL

Angelina Frankowski

University of Manchester


Angelina holds a Dipl. Ing. degree in Process Engineering from the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg. During her studies she focused on Environmental Engineering. Prior to joining the SIS group / CSEF, she worked in an Environmental Service Company in Germany where she managed several nation-wide and diverse projects in the industry. Her research interests include sustainable production, energy and water aspects, life cycle assessment, and life cycle costing.

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 8834

Email: angelina.frankowski@manchester.ac.uk

Website: http://www.sustainable-systems.org.uk/angelinafrankowski

Office: Room F30, The Mill, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Sackville Street, The University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL

Antonios Konstantas

University of Manchester


Antonios holds a Dipl. Ing. degree in Environmental Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin. During his studies at the University, he received a scholarship from the German government (DAAD). He also holds an MSc degree in Environmental Management and Quality Control from the Technical University of Crete, where he graduated with distinction, as well as an MBA from the same university. Antonios has worked in the manufacturing industry for several years, where he was responsible for the operation and management of PVC production. He was also a supply chain operations supervisor in the aluminium industry. His research interests include sustainable food supply chains, life cycle assessment, carbon footprinting, corporate sustainability and sustainable production and consumption.

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 8834

Email: antonios.konstantas@manchester.ac.uk

Website: http://www.sustainable-systems.org.uk/antonioskonstantas

Office: Room F30, The Mill, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Sackville Street, The University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL

Hassan Mroue

Brunel University London


Hassan graduated in 2013 from Brunel University with first class honours in Aerospace Engineering (BEng). He started his mechanical engineering research (PhD) in 2013; his research focuses on studying the effect of multi-pass heat pipe based heat exchangers for heat recovery applications in industry, which involves using Computational Fluid Dynamics and experimentation to optimise the design and reduce fouling.

Email: Hassan.mroue@brunel.ac.uk

Office: ELTJ087, RCUK National Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH

Zoi Mylona

Brunel University London


Zoi Mylona completed a Dipl.Ing. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an MSc in Sustainable Energy Technologies and Management at Brunel University in 2012. Zoi is currently a research student at the RCUK Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains. Her research focuses on systems and strategies for energy efficient environmental systems for food retail and catering.

Email: Zoi.Mylona@brunel.ac.uk 

Office: ELTJ087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Demetris Parpas

Brunel University London


Demetris Parpas completed a BSc in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Cyprus in 2010. He then completed an MSc in Building Services Engineering with Sustainable Energy at Brunel University. He has worked as a freelance mechanical engineer, and has recently started a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Brunel University Engineering School. His current research study focuses at the optimisation of refrigeration systems.

Email: Dimitris.Parpas@brunel.ac.uk 

Office: ELTJ087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Natalia Sieti

University of Manchester


Natalia holds a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science from the University of the Aegean, Greece and an MSc in Environmental Systems Engineering from University College London, UK. Prior to joining the Sustainable Industrial Systems (SIS) group, Natalia worked for three years in marketing, fundraising and in environmental resource assessment. Her research interests include industrial ecology, eco-efficiency, sustainable business models, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability performance.

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 8834

Email: natalia.sieti@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

Website: http://www.sustainable-systems.org.uk/nataliasieti

Office: Room F30, The Mill, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Sackville Street, The University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL

Thiago Santos

Brunel University London


Thiago Santos completed his BSc in mechanical engineering in 2009, his MSc in Mechanical engineering in 2011 and a Naval Construction specialization in 2013, all of them obtained at the Federal University of Pernambuco. He has been an adjunct lecturer at the Federal Institute of Pernambuco since 2011. Thiago received a license and Brazilian government funding to start his PhD at Brunel University London in November 2014. His Research is focused on the thermal control of catering facilities to improve comfort and reduce energy consumption, including the use of Phase Change Materials for ventilative cooling.

Email: Thiago.Santos@brunel.ac.uk

Office: ELTJ087, National Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH 

I Dewa Made Cipta Santosa

Brunel University London


I Dewa Made Cipta Santosa completed an MSc in Building Services Engineering at Brunel University in 2006. After lecturing at Bali State Polytechnic, he started a PhD at Brunel University in 2011, with a grant from the Indonesian Government. His research experimentally and numerically examines the optimisation of gas coolers for use in Transcritical CO2 refrigeration systems.

Email: IDewa.Santosa@brunel.ac.uk

Office: ELTJ087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Evangelia Vasiliki Topriska

Brunel University London


Evangelia Vasiliki Topriska completed a B.E. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and an MSc in Building Services and Engineering with Sustainable Energy at Brunel University in 2012. Evangelia is currently a research student in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the School of Engineering and Design at Brunel University. She is involved in the investigation of Renewable Hydrogen production for domestic/ cooking applications.Email: IDewa.Santosa@brunel.ac.uk

Email: Evangelia.Topriska@brunel.ac.uk 

Office: ELTJ087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Virginia Martin Torrejon

Brunel University London


Virginia completed a BEng in Agriculture Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and an MSc in Packaging Technology at Brunel University in 2013. Virginia is a research student at the RCUK National Centre for Sustainable Energy use in Food chains and the Wolfson Centre for Materials Processing. Virginia’s research focuses on the development of a new technology for manufacturing biofoams for food thermal packaging applications.

Email: Virginia.martintorrejon@brunel.ac.uk

Office: Room 045, Halsbury Building, Wolfson Centre for Materials Processing, Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Walid Youssef 

Brunel University London


Walid Youssef completed a BSc in Mechanical Engineering at Alexandria University in Egypt in 2010, and an MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering (Thermofluids) at Brunel University in 2012. Walid is currently a research student in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the School of Engineering and Design and is based at the Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London. Walid is involved in the Optimization of Thermal Solar Systems using Phase Change Materials.

Email: Walid.Youssef@brunel.ac.uk

Office: ELTJ087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Sulaiman Almahmoud

Brunel University London


Sulaiman Almahmoud completed his BSc in Mechanical Engineering at Damascus University in Syria in 2012. Sulaiman is currently a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering Department of the School of Engineering and Design at Brunel University London. His research focuses on heat pipe based heat exchangers in industrial waste heat recovery applications.

Email: Sulaiman.Almahmoud@brunel.ac.uk
Office: ELTJ-087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Ioannis Katsaros

Brunel University London


Ioannis Katsaros completed a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2012 and then carried on to complete the MSc course, Sustainable Energy, at the Technical University of Denmark in 2015; working during his thesis on a tri-generation system based on gasification of waste, solid oxide fuel cell and absorption chiller. Ioannis His research focuses on the optimization of industrial processes with the scope to reduce the energy demand in food chains.

Email:  Ioannis.Katsaros@brunel.ac.uk
Office: ELTJ-087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Liang Li

Brunel University London


Liang Li completed a BEng in Building Environment and Equipment Engineering (China) and a BSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Wolverhampton in 2012. He then completed an MSc in Building Services Engineering with Sustainable Energy at Brunel University in 2013. Liang is currently a PhD research student at the RCUK Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF). His research focuses on waste heat recovery and power generation systems.

Email: Liang.Li@brunel.ac.uk
Office: ELTJ087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Theodora Nannou

Brunel University London


Theodora Nannou completed a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing at University of Cyprus in 2013 and a MSc in Biomedical, Biomechanics and Bioelectronics Engineering at Brunel University London in 2015. Theodora is currently a research student in the Mechanical Engineering Department of School of Engineering and Design at Brunel University London. Her field of research is the thermo-storage of biomedical materials and products under low temperature cryogenic conditions and the optimization of cryogenic storage systems.

Email: theodora.nannou@brunel.ac.uk
Office: ELTJ 087, Centre for Sustainable Energy use in Food chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston lane, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH

Jianbo Qin

Brunel University London


Jianbo Qin completed a BEng in Building Environment and Equipment Engineering at Shenyang Jianzhu University (China) in 2012. He then completed an MSc in Building Services Engineering at Brunel University London in 2013. Jianbo is currently a PhD Research Student in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, College of Engineeri ng, Design and Physical Sciences at Brunel University London. His research focuses on experimental and theoretical investigation of bubble behaviors in heat pump systems.

Email: Jianbo.qin@brunel.ac.uk 
Office: ELTJ087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Ashika Rai

Brunel University London


Ashika Rai completed a BSc (Hons) in Aviation Technology from University of Salford Manchester in 2012 and an MSc in Information and Process Systems Engineering from University of Surrey in 2015. During her studies, she focused on alternative energy sources for transportation and distribution models. She is currently a research student at RCUK Centre for Sustainable Energy use in Food Chains (CSEF). Her research focuses on the assessment of alternative transport refrigeration technologies for food distribution.

Email: ashika.rai@brunel.ac.uk
Office: ELTJ087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University, London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Luga Martin Simbolon

Brunel University London


Luga Martin Simbolon obtained his B.E in Mechanical Engineering from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia (2001-2004) and the MSc in Building Services Engineering with Sustainable Energy at Brunel University (2009-2010).  He is currently a PhD research student at RCUK Centre for Sustainable Energy use in Food Chains (CSEF).  His research area is Investigation into Conversion of Chicken Litter into Useful Resources (Energy and Fertilizer).

Email: luga.simbolon@brunel.ac.uk
Office: ELTJ087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Amisha Chauhan

Brunel University London


Amisha Chauhan graduated with a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Brunel University London in 2016.  Amisha is currently a research student at RCUK Centre for Sustainable Energy use in Food Chains (CSEF). Her research is focused on the validation of heat pipe based heat exchangers.

Email: Amisha.Chauhan@brunel.ac.uk
Office: ELTJ-087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Emmanuel Shittu

Brunel University London

Emmanuel Shittu received First Class Honours in MEng Aerospace Engineering at Queen Mary, University of London. Emmanuel worked as an Aerospace Structural Engineer at GKN Aerospace (2013–2016) prior to accepting his current position. Emmanuel is currently a Mechanical Engineering research student at Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, Brunel University London. Emmanuel’s research study focuses on Energy Management of Buildings and Communities using Smart Technologies.

Email: Emmanuel.Shittu@brunel.ac.uk 
Office: ELTJ087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Matteo Marchionni

Brunel University London


Matteo Marchionni completed his BSc in Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2014 and afterwards obtained a MSc in Mechanical Engineering with focus on Mechatronics and Robotics at Politecnico di Milano in 2016.  Currently a PhD  student at RCUK Centre for Sustainable Energy use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London.   His research focuses on waste heat recovery in industry, and in particular on the heat to power conversion systems.

Email: matteo.marchionni@brunel.ac.uk
Office: ELTJ087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Bertrand Delpech

Brunel University London


Bertrand Delpech obtained an Engineering diploma from ICAM site  de Lille (France-Institute Catholique des arts et metiers). He is currently a PhD research student at RCUK Centre for Sustainable Energy use in Food Chains (CSEF).  His research is focused on waste heat recovery using heat pipe heat exchanger systems.

Email: bertrand.delpech@brunel.ac.uk
Office: ELTJ-087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Nicolas Serey

Brunel University London


Nicolas Serey is completing his final year of general engineering, MEng at ICAM Lille, France.  He is currently working as a Mechanical Engineering Technician in CSEF laboratory focussing on electrical control box and supporting current projects.

Email: nicolas.serey2@brunel.ac.uk
Office: ELTJ-087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Dr Carlos Amaris

Brunel University London


Carlos Amaris received his BSc in Mechanical Engineering at the Universidad Autonoma del Caribe (Colombia) in 2008. Carlos then successfully completed a funded MSc and PhD at the Rovira i Virgili University (Spain) in 2009 and 2013, respectively. His PhD research focused on the intensification of the ammonia absorption process for NH3/LiNO3 absorption refrigeration systems. Carlos is now a Research Fellow in the RCUK Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains, where he is involved in the assessment of novel refrigeration systems for food factories and supermarkets.

Tel: +44 (0)1895 266335

Email: carlos.amaris@brunel.ac.uk

Office: ELTJ087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel
University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Dr Christian Barteczko-Hibbert

University of Manchester


Christian holds a BSc in Chemistry from Cardiff and an MSc in Combustion and Energy from the University of Leeds. He obtained his PhD from the University of Nottingham in the field of domestic energy optimisation using artificial neural networks. From 2008-2013 he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Manchester on the  SPRIng and BIOCHEM projects after which he moved to Durham University to work on the UK’s largest smart grid project, providing insights into future power flows using large volume smart metered data. He rejoined the Sustainable Industrial Systems (SIS) group to work for the Centre for Sustainable Energy use in Food chains (CSEF), exploring energy reduction strategies for industrial processes in food chains.

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 8834

Email: christian.barteczko-hibbert@manchester.ac.uk

Website: http://www.sustainable-systems.org.uk/christianbarteczko-hibbert

Office: Room F30, The Mill, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Sackville Street, The University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL

Dr Alessandra Fusi

University of Manchester


Alessandra holds a Masters in Food Science and Technology and a PhD in Agro-food and Environmental Science, both from the University of Milan. She is a Research Associate in the Centre for Sustainable Energy use in Food chains (CSEF), which is part of the Sustainable Industrial Systems (SIS) group. Her research interests include life cycle environmental evaluation of food technologies and products, energy use in food processing and nutritional quality of food. In 2013-2014 she visited the SIS group as a PhD student.

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 8834

Email: alessandra.fusi@manchester.ac.uk

Website: http://www.sustainable-systems.org.uk/alefusi

Office: Room F30, The Mill, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Sackville Street, The University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL

Dr Baboo (Lesh) Gowreesunker

Brunel University London


Lesh Gowreesunker successfully completed an EPSRC Funded PhD at Brunel University in July 2013. The research numerically and experimentally examined the energy impact of latent energy storage (Phase Change Materials) in large thermally lightweight indoor spaces, such as airports. Lesh’s research has been published in various journals and conference proceedings. Lesh is now a Research Fellow at the RCUK Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), at Brunel University London, where he is involved in the modelling of energy systems and economic resource flows.

Tel: +44 (0)1895 266543

Email: baboo.gowreesunker@brunel.ac.uk

Office: ELTJ087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Claire Hoolohan

University of Manchester


Claire is a researcher at the University of Manchester. Her research interests relate to how everyday practices (particularly those around food, energy and water) are collectively organised and the role of businesses, policy makers and others have in making them more sustainable. Claire’s PhD thesis reframes water efficiency through the qualitative analysis of household practices and evaluates the impacts of existing campaigns to reduce domestic water demand. Previous research projects include; work with a UK supermarket to analyse green house gas (GHG) emissions and explore key moments in domestic food consumption to inform mitigation efforts, and working with local authorities to provide consumption based emissions budgets to support community level adaptation and mitigation.

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 4357

Email: claire.hoolohan@manchester.ac.uk

Office: Room H1j, Pariser Building, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, M13 9PL

Dr Harish Jeswani

University of Manchester


Harish is a Research Fellow at the Sustainable Consumption Institute, The University of Manchester, UK. He is currently working on life cycle assessment (LCA) related projects in collaboration with The Sustainability Consortium. His research interests include sustainable production and consumption, life cycle assessment, carbon and water footprinting and corporate sustainability.

Since joining the Sustainable Industrial Systems (SIS) group in 2008, Harish has worked on various research and consultancy projects on sustainable production and consumption at the University of Manchester. He obtained his PhD in corporate climate change strategies from the University of Surrey. He has also worked for six years as an environmental engineer in various industrial sectors in Pakistan.

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 3877

Email: harish.jeswani@manchester.ac.uk

Website: http://www.sustainable-systems.org.uk/harishjeswani

Office: Room F30, The Mill, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Sackville Street, The University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL

Dr Martyn Jones

University of Manchester

Martyn graduated with a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering in 1999 from Cardiff University with a focus on geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering as well as the use of decision support systems and heuristics to enhance engineering design. Whilst working for a multi-national quarry operator within the advanced technologies and products team an opportunity arose to undertake a three year PhD in Geotechnical Engineering at Cardiff University, assessing the technical feasibility of new, innovative and sustainable products. Following successful completion of his PhD, Martyn worked for a commercial research organisation developing and undertaking research projects investigating the use of alternative materials in engineering applications.

In 2004 Martyn returned to academia, working in the Geoenvironmental Research Centre at Cardiff University as a Research Associate. During this time Martyn worked closely with many of the research centres commercial partners as well as academic partners on various research projects. Latterly Martyn worked on the PUrE Project both as the software developer and undertaking fate and transport modelling. On completion of the PUrE project in 2009 Martyn moved to the University of Manchester, School of Chemical and Analytical Science to work on the PUrE Intrawise project.

Over the past 10 years Martyn has gained experience in developing, successfully bidding for, planning and undertaking a variety of academic and commercial research projects, bringing together academia and research organisations with business, industry and local government.

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 2503

Email: martyn.jones@manchester.ac.uk

Website: http://www.sustainable-systems.org.uk/martynjones

Office: Room G5, The Mill, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Sackville Street, The University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL

Ximena Schmidt

University of Manchester


Ximena Schmidt Rivera is a Chemical Engineer from the University of Santiago of Chile (USACH). During her studies, she started to develop her interest in the environmental area, which inspired her to move to the biotechnology and environmental engineering laboratory in the Catholic University of Valparaiso (PUCV), to do her dissertation in anaerobic water treatment technologies. After her graduation, she kept working as a teaching assistant in the University and as a freelance technical assistant in HAZOP risks analysis in mining projects. Ximena moved to Manchester after being granted by the Chilean government to start her PhD in the Sustainable Industrial Systems (SIS) group.

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 8834

Email: ximena.schmidt@manchester.ac.uk

Website: http://www.sustainable-systems.org.uk/ximenaschmidt

Office: Room F30, The Mill, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Sackville Street, The University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL

Dr Jining Sun

Brunel University London


Dr Jining Sun completed his PhD at BeiHang University in 2005 and then worked as a Lecturer at BeiHang University for 8 years. Jining has published over 30 scientific papers on experimental and numerical investigations on fluid flow and heat transfer in aero engines and energy equipment. Since December 2013 Jining has been a Research Fellow at the RCUK national Centre for Sustainable Energy use in Food chains (CSEF), at Brunel University London, where his research focuses on Low Pressure Superheated Steam Drying (LPSSD).

Tel: +44 (0)1895 265394

Email: jining.sun@brunel.ac.uk

Office: ELTJ087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Dr Shivani Taneja

University of Manchester


Shivani Taneja holds a Masters and a PhD in Economics from University of Essex and her research interests are in applied economics, applied econometrics, microeconomics and labour economics. She is now a Research Associate (part-time) at the RCUK National Centre for Sustainable Energy use in Food chains (CSEF), where she is involved in investigating corporate behaviour and attitudes on energy use to identify key influencing factors that could lead to energy reduction.

Office: Room F30, The Mill, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Sackville Street, The University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL

Dr Giuseppe Bianchi

Brunel University London


Giuseppe is a Research Fellow in CSEF.  His work is focused on design, simulation and testing of industrial waste heat to power conversion systems based on bottoming thermodynamic cycles (ORC, TFC, sCO2). He has a MSc in Fluid Dynamics (von Karman Institute, Belgium) and a PhD in Mechanical, Energy and Management Engineering (University of L’Aquila, Italy). His research is aimed at the development of small scale machinery for a sustainable economy.

Email: giuseppe.bianchi@brunel.ac.uk
Web Page: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/people/valentina-stojceska
Office: ELTJ087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Tel: +44 (0)1895 267707

Dr Konstantinos Tsamos (Kostas)

Brunel University London


Konstantinos Tsamos received his BEng in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Brighton in 2011 and his MSc in Building Services Engineering from Brunel University London in 2012. He undertook a PhD in the area of CO2 refrigeration systems for food retail applications, which he completed on in November 2016. He is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in CSEF, at Brunel University London. He also manages extensive facilities and equipment in the Centre and liaises with external and internal stakeholders.  Konstantinos also provides support to many of the more junior researchers.  He also manages ISO 9001 accreditation of the Centre.

Email: Konstantinos.Tsamos2@brunel.ac.uk
Office: ELTJ087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Tel: +44 (0)1895 266659

Dr Gabriel David Oreggioni

Brunel University London


Gabriel is a researcher in the field of energy conversion technologies. He has more than 7 years in various international institutions in South America and Europe (European Commission, Italy, UK and Norway), developing and assessing novel energy conversion technologies. He holds a PhD in CO2 capture processes in biomass gasification plants (University of Edinburgh).  He also carried out research in the Industrial Ecology Department of NTNU (Norway) conducting life cycle assessment studies for bio and fossil fuelled power plants.  Currently he is working on the integrated assessment of waste to energy processes such as anaerobic digestion, gasification, pyrolysis and combustion of farm and food industry waste.

Email: gabriel.oreggioni@brunel.ac.uk
Office: ELTJ087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Tel: +44 (0)1895 266358

Dr Samira Sayad Saravi

Brunel University London


Samira Sayad Saravi holds a BSc in Physics and has successfully completed her MSc and funded PhD at Brunel University in 2008 and 2014, respectively.  Her PhD research focused on design and analysis of micro-structured surfaces with application to friction reduction. In this project, she employed both CFD simulations and experimental methods to investigate fluid flow interaction within horizontal and vertical wall. Following successful completion of her PhD, Samira worked for an organisation designing and developing domestic Combined Heat & Power (CHP) micro turbine units. She has delivered research projects with focus on fluid dynamics and heat transfer. Samira is now a Research Fellow at the RCUK CSEF, at Brunel University London.

Email: Samira.SayadSaravi@brunel.ac.uk
Office: ELTJ087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Tel: +44 (0)1895 268976

Dr James Atuonwu

Brunel University London


James Atuonwu holds a first class honours BEng degree in Electrical Engineering (Nigeria), an MSc in Process Systems Engineering (Cranfield, UK) and a PhD in Energy-efficient Food Dehydration by Systems and Control Approaches (Wageningen, Netherlands). After his PhD, he proceeded to Loughborough University UK as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Chemical Engineering, where his focus was on reducing energy consumption in the milk powder production chain. He is currently a Research Fellow in Brunel University where he is involved in assessing novel food processing/preservation technologies with respect to energy performance, nutritional and sensory product quality and microbial safety; as well as investigating novel packaging solutions and their food product/process interactions.

Email: james.atuonwu@brunel.ac.uk
Office: ELTJ087, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Tel: +44 (0)1895 268975

John Fosbery

Brunel University London


John has 36 years of engineering experience covering a broad range of disciplines. Originally in the Royal Navy, John worked with steam, and gas turbines, steam generators, distillation plants, and diesel generators as well as refrigeration systems, hotel services and hydraulic systems. John then went on to work in transport refrigeration as a field service engineer. More recently, John had his own company servicing and repairing transport refrigeration units, with various drives. John is now the CSEF Laboratory Technician and has been tasked with setting up the Lab as well as assisting the researchers with their projects.

Tel: +44 (0)1895 265295

Email: John.Fosbery@brunel.ac.uk

Office: ELTJ087, Centre for Sustainable Energy use in Food chains (CSEF), Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Maureen Senatore

Brunel University London


Maureen Senatore is the Administrator and Communications Officer at the RCUK Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF) at Brunel University London.  She is responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day administrative activities of the Centre and is a primary point of contact for queries relating to the work of the Centre. Since 1999 she has worked in a variety of university administrative roles and joined CSEF in May 2016.

Email: maureen.senatore@brunel.ac.uk
Office: ELTJ087e, Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF), Brunel University, London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Tel: +44 (0)1895 268288